By Stuart Macintyre, Sean Scalmer
Delivering a play on genuine ancient events versus attainable ones, this interesting quantity asks best Australian historians to ask yourself what could be if key episodes in Australia’s previous had grew to become out otherwise. Re-imagining Australia’s setting, race family, artwork, political lifestyles, and nationwide identification, this name poses such questions as What if France had colonized a part of Australia within the 18th century? What if the Australian and New Zealand military Corps had performed just a minor function within the Gallipoli touchdown in global battle I? and What if Aborigines have been granted citizenship a lot previous?
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Extra resources for What If?: Australian History as It Might Have Been
It was to be the end of their part in the campaign. Had Federation been accomplished then, Deakin is likely to have played a major role in the new Commonwealth. Many imagined him, indeed, as a future prime minister. He was a man of great talent, but also of unusual sensitivity and feeling, and he was severely shaken by the experience in London. He never sought to re-enter politics after 1900. Sadly, although he lived to see the ‘miracle’ of Federation’s accomplishment in 1911, his health and memory were pitifully eroded, and this once-brilliant man had no hope of playing any real part in its final stages.
Regardless of population size, all self-governing states must have an equal vote on foreign policy and defence. indd 39 39 26/4/06 8:10:47 AM must deal with the Australians, government-to-government, man-to-man and remove the surveillance and control of the Colonial Office. Hunt wrote home to Bob Garran about how the clash of British and Australian expectations was evident in plans for the conference: the Colonial Office had intended to make the whole thing a mere departmental Conference of the Secretary of State for the Colonies with subordinate officials.
Had the British colonial secretary, Joseph Chamberlain, been less intransigent, or had the Australian delegation been prepared to compromise, it is almost certain that Federation would have been accomplished in 1901. With hindsight, the ten years that were to pass between defeat and ultimate success amounted to much more than just a delay. Both Australia and the world changed dramatically during that decade. The accomplishment of Federation in 1911 was to be the work, not of Victorians, but of Edwardians, and these were different types of people.